India vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 3 : Virat Kohli’s Century

Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane will look to continue their partnership in the middle to guide India to a big first-innings total on day three of the second Test at the Perth Stadium on Sunday. Australia, on the other hand, will look to dismiss Kohli’s wicket early in order expose Indian tail.

Virat Kohli braved all odds to score a brilliant century on day three of the second Test. The Indian skipper brought up his 25th Test century in 214 balls, his seventh against Australia and sixth Down Under. Only Australian legend Don Bradman (68) had taken fewer innings to score 25 Test hundreds.

Kohli led India’s fightback from 8/2 to 172/2 with a dogged 82 off 181 balls at stumps on day two. The world’s top-ranked Test batsman needed just 18 runs to score his fifth Test ton of the year and he took five overs to reach the three-figure mark on day three.

In the process, the 30-year-old also equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most Test centuries by an Indian in Australia.
This is his 63rd international ton overall and his maiden century in Perth. He last scored a Test ton against the Windies in Rajkot in October.
During the first Test at the Adelaide Oval, Kohli became the fastest Indian to score 1000 Test runs in Australia.
Kohli joined Sachin Tendulkar (1809), VVS Laxman (1236) and Rahul Dravid (1143) on the elite list.
Interestingly, Kohli is the fastest Indian to score 1,000 Test runs on Australian soil in just 18 innings. Overall, among visitors, only four Englishmen have done it quicker than Kohli in Australia.
Kohli also became the only Indian skipper to score 2000 Test runs in away matches. He is also the first Indian captain to score 2000 Test runs both in India and overseas.




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